In Search of Miss Ruthless : Public Programmes

Jul 02 – Sep 10, 2017


In Search of Miss Ruthless sets the stage for a public persona from the future. This series of public programs reflects on diasporic communities and pageant infrastructures through discussions, screenings, performances, and workshops. Public programmes are developed and co-produced with the generous support of Spring Workshop. Additional support was provided by the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

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Miss Ruthless: A Press Conference
July 2, 6:30 pm – late
Spring Workshop
3/F Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong 

A performance in the style of a pageant press conference with participating artists as contestants—whether they appear as themselves or send representatives—hosted by Ruthless Director of Communications Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin. Followed by a party celebrating this debut with Eternal Dragonz, featuring x/o (producer of Miss Ruthless theme song), V Kim (producer, co-founder of Eternal Dragonz), and T0C1S x Tsalal (Absurd Trax/ HKCR). 


Miss Ruthless With A Smile
July 9, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
798 Art District, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100015 

“Pageantry as Curatorial Method,” discussion between Hera Chan, Alvin Li, and David Xu Borgonjon; lecture performances by Eisa Jocson and Dachal Choi, screening by Ma Qiusha


tide.hong kong : in transit
July 23, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Harbourfront Whampoa

Sound performance by Fiona Lee, followed by a walking tour


Heavy Lifting With Miss Ruthless
August 12, 11:00 – 5:00 pm
Spring Workshop
3/F Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong 

“Feminine Essence,” estrogen workshop with Jes Fan and Mary Maggic; “Muscle as Medium,” body building workshop taught by Siufung Law; “Disposed to Add,” performance with Joseph Lee and King San Lo, directed by Jes Fan


New Women
August 26, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Para Site 

Reading of an adapted play by Hương Ngô


Pièce Touchée
September 10, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Para Site

Screening curated by Alvin Li with works by Wang Haiyang, Tao Hui, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Shen Xin


Closing Reception and Unveiling of the Crown
September 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Para Site


Curator Tours
July 23, 2:00 pm (English)
August 19, 1:00 pm (English)
August 26, 1:00 pm (Mandarin)
September 10, 1:00 pm (Cantonese)


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About Miss Ruthless
Miss Ruthless is a fantasy figure of popular support that can represent “our beautiful Hong Kong up on the world stage,” as sung in Hong Kong Our Home. The search for Miss Ruthless began at Para Site in the summer of 2017. Drawing on the depths of diasporic souls and taking pageantry as method, Miss Ruthless is international and her presence is writ in universal history. Following poet Helene Cixous, we ask of Miss Ruthless: What if she were alive? What if, in looking at her, we animated her?


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